Coast Guard to hold public meetings to clarify Restricted Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel regulations

Coast Guard to hold public meetings to clarify Restricted Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel regulations
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel will attend two pre-season guide meetings to speak about the new Restricted Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessel requirements June 3 and June 12. The new regulations affect guides who drive boats with up to six paying passengers on freshwater rivers and lakes in Western Alaska. Coast Guard personnel will attend the first meeting at...

Coast Guard seizes 2 lanchas with 6 Mexican nationals aboard, off Texas waters

Coast Guard seizes 2 lanchas with 6 Mexican nationals aboard, off Texas waters
Coast Guardsmen from Station South Padre Island, Texas, catch and detain Mexican nationals aboard a lancha after crews in Coast Guard aircraft spotted them fishing illegally in U.S. territorial waters Friday, May 1, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick) CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard seized two Mexican fishing boats, also known as a lanchas, in the waters...

Governor general of Canada visits US Coast Guard Sector Detroit to observe Shiprider demonstration

Governor general of Canada visits US Coast Guard Sector Detroit to observe Shiprider demonstration
Petty Officer 2nd Class David Tourmo, a maritime enforcement specialist at Coast Guard Sector Detroit, participates in a Shiprider demonstration conducted on the Detroit River, April 30, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi ReadCLEVELAND — The governor general of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, and Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, Coast Guard 9th District commander,...

Coast Guard launches investigation involving Mexican national in Brownsville Ship Channel

Coast Guard launches investigation involving Mexican national in Brownsville Ship Channel
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — The Coast Guard is investigating to determine a possible connection between the death of a Mexican national and a Coast Guard patrol craft operating in the vicinity of the Brownsville Ship Channel after Brownsville law enforcement discovered the body of a female Friday morning. A Coast Guard small boat had been operating in the general area the preceding evening. Consistent...

Coast Guard responds to disabled vessel, assists local law enforcement with arrest of mariner

Coast Guard responds to disabled vessel, assists local law enforcement with arrest of mariner
SEATTLE — Coast Guard crews responded to a report of a disabled vessel and assisted local law enforcement personnel with the arrest of a mariner in Ilwaco, Friday. After locating the disabled vessel and towing it to Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Coast Guard personnel discovered safety and possible criminal violations aboard the mariner’s vessel during a post search and rescue boarding,...

Coast Guard and partner agencies test response to active shooter during exercise

Coast Guard and partner agencies test response to active shooter during exercise
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard, in collaboration with the Buffalo Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol, conducted a mock active shooter response exercise today at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. The exercise, which began at 9 a.m., involved a mock active shooter-style attack on local Coast Guard units. Law enforcement partners from around Buffalo quickly activated a unified response and neutralized...

Coast Guard, Border Patrol, police testing response to active shooter during exercise at Sector Buffalo Thursday

Coast Guard, Border Patrol, police testing response to active shooter during exercise at Sector Buffalo Thursday
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Coast Guard, in collaboration with the Buffalo Police Department and U.S. Border Patrol, is conducting a half-day active shooter response exercise Thursday morning at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, located at 1 Fuhrmann Boulevard in Buffalo. Those nearby should expect to hear gunshot sounds from blank ammunition being fired, emergency announcements, and yelling from exercise...

Coast Guard warns illegal passenger vessel operators of stiff fines and penaltie

Coast Guard warns illegal passenger vessel operators of stiff fines and penaltie
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Coast Guard warns recreational and commercial boaters of stiff fines and penalties for conducting illegal passenger transport operations in the Port of San Juan during Saint Sebastian Festival celebrations from 15 to 18 January. Coast Guard boat crews and maritime security officers on land will be increasing security patrols throughout the planned festivities to guarantee...

Coast Guard, Canadian agencies investigating vessel hijacking on Niagara River

Coast Guard, Canadian agencies investigating vessel hijacking on Niagara River
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Canada’s Niagara Regional Police and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a reported hijacking of a Canadian-flagged charter vessel by two Canadian men Tuesday afternoon. About 1:30 p.m. the master of an 18-foot Canadian charter vessel took his boat to Coast Guard Station Niagara, New York, to report that just...